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Living Room Trends Over the Last 50 Years Might Surprise You

A stylish and airy living room with modern furniture.
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Just as exterior home designs have changed over time, so have interiors. Living room trends, in particular, over the last 50 years have varied drastically from decade to decade.

You might think the kitchen is the room of the moment, and that’s likely due to the popularity of the open-concept style. In an interview with Apartment Therapy, though, Alessandra Wood, Modsy’s vice president of style and author of Designed to Sellsaid:

“The living room is the central entertaining space of the home. It’s often the most public space of the home, as well, so it’s the area where dwellers usually add the most personality and design attention.”

Over the years, both of these areas have seen major changes. Surprisingly, though, the open concept trend of the 2010’s isn’t the dominant one. Rather, most modern living rooms are all about minimalism and space-saving.

With the popularity of apartments and tiny houses on the rise, in addition to the minimalism takeover (thanks, Marie Kondo), it’s all about paring things down.

If you want to find out what’s coming in 2020, or learn more about past decades, check out the full list on Apartment Therapy.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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